The son of WWE legend Kevin Nash, Tristen, has passed away at the age of 26 it was announced on Thursday. Nash rose to fame in the mid-90s as the WWE character ‘Diesel’ before going on to be a trailblazer for the era as one of the founding members of nWo, a group that would define the decade as WWF’s rival company WCW became the industry’s number one promotion.
‘On behalf of Kevin and Tamara Nash, I have to unfortunately report that their son Tristen Nash has tragically passed away at the age of 26,’ said the statement. ‘Tristen recently starting working on Kevin’s new podcast and the two enjoyed their time together.’
The two-time hall of famer had been working on his podcast ‘Kliq This’ with son Tristen, but in a statement the family broke the tragic news of Tristen’s death, the cause of which is still unknown.
Many of Nash’s colleagues and friends in the industry have been quick to take to social media to rally around the WWE legend, including close friend Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman, who said: ‘My heart is in a million pieces thinking about what 1 of my best friends in life is going through. IU 4-Life Kev.’ During his illustrious wrestling career, Nash won five world championships, but cites Tristen as the reason he left WWE for WCW in 1996, down to the easier schedule being better for his family.
Others including fellow Hall of Famer the Iron Shiek, Matt Hardy, Frankie Kazarian and current WWE star Karl Anderson also sent messages of condolences to the family. The passing comes on the same day as Nash’s former tag team partner and best friend Scot ‘Razor Ramon’ Hall’s birthday, who died earlier this year.
He made several returns to WWE in the 2000s and his last competitive action came as a back-up role to Sting during his WrestleMania 31 clash with Triple H in 2015. The 63-year-old was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015, and then again in 2021 as part of the induction for the nWo. He is well known for being part of one wrestling’s biggest backstage ‘cliques’ alongside Hall, Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman, Shawn Michaels and WWE’s current head of creative Triple H.